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Giants owner John Mara implies NFL fans are more accepting of domestic violence than Colin Kaepernick 05.31.17 at 11:28 am ET
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John Mara says the Giants aren't interested in signing Colin Kaepernick. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

John Mara says the Giants aren’t interested in signing Colin Kaepernick. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

According to Giants owner John Mara, NFL fans are more accepting of serial domestic abusers than players who kneel during the national anthem. If true, that is heinous.

When asked recently about free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who’s drawn little interest this offseason, Mara said the fan backlash would make it nearly impossible for the Giants to sign him. “All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” he told the MMQB. “‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game.’ It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I’ve run into.”

That’s a telling quote, considering the Giants once employed kicker Josh Brown, who was allegedly violent with his then-wife more than 20 times. In a chilling series of journal entries that were leaked last October, Brown confesses to the abuse, though he says it was of the emotional and verbal variety. “I have physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally been a repulsive man,” he writes.

The NFL suspended Brown one game last season for abusing his ex-wife in 2015, after he was arrested in Washington state on a fourth-degree charge of domestic violence. NFL security also moved him to a different hotel room during the 2016 Pro Bowl, after he reportedly tried to attack his spouse, Molly Brown, again.

Despite that, the Giants rewarded Brown with a contract extension.

The Giants handled themselves disgracefully during the saga, offering little besides cliche statements of support. Head coach Bob McAdoo said he respects Brown “as a man, a father and a player.” Mara, after weeks of silence, admitted in October the team wasn’t aware of the “extent” of Brown’s domestic violence history. New York released the kicker shortly after the journal entries were made public.

Kaepernick seemingly has a better chance of playing in the NFL again than Brown. But the fact that the two are even equated with each other is downright shameful. One player kneeled during the national anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice. Another says he continually abused his ex-wife.

The two actions aren’t even in the same stratosphere.

There’s no debate that bringing Kaepernick aboard would create a big stir. As a backup quarterback, he may be more trouble than he’s worth. But just because that’s the reality, it doesn’t have to be accepted.

Kaepernick hasn’t always carried himself with grace. He once praised Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s domestic policies and wore socks that depict police officers as “pigs.” But those foolish acts don’t outweigh all of good he’s done in recent months, such as holding camps for underprivileged kids and helping to transport food to famine-ravaged Somalia.

Up until 2009, it wasn’t even standard practice for NFL teams to be on the field while the Star-Spangled Banner was played. This obsession with players standing at attention for the national anthem is a new phenomenon.

But Kaepernick continues to pay a price for exercising his first amendment right. He’s lopped in with domestic abusers and other violent criminals. Or, if Mara is telling the truth, fans consider him to be worse.

What a scary commentary on our values.

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Documents show Eli Manning and Giants collaborated on scheme to sell fake game-used gear 04.13.17 at 5:56 pm ET
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Eli Manning was allegedly at the center of a memorabilia scam. (Jeff Hanisch/USA Today Sports)

Eli Manning was allegedly at the center of a memorabilia scam. (Jeff Hanisch/USA Today Sports)

Emails show Eli Manning was at the center of a scam to sell fake game-used gear.

According to documents obtained by the New York Post, Manning’s marketing agent, Alan Zucker, asked the Giants quarterback in April 2010 to send two game-used jerseys and helmets to the memorabilia dealer Steiner Sports, per a contractual agreement between the two sides. After Manning received the request, Giants equipment manager, Joe Skiba sent the two-time Super Bowl champion an email saying he would “try to get something down” for him.

Manning allegedly replied from his personal AOL account, saying “2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli.”

Three memorabilia collectors are suing the Giants, Manning, Skiba, Steiner and Giants CEO John Mara for conspiring to sell the fraudulent items. The team previously failed to disclose the emails, even though it has a “no document destruction” policy.

A spokeswoman for the Giants denied the claims in a statement to the New York Daily News.

“The email, taken out of context, was shared with the media by an unscrupulous memorabilia dealer and his counsel who for years has been seeking to leverage a big payday,” Karen Kessler. “The email predates any litigation, and there was no legal obligation to store it on the Giants server.”

Author’s note: this post was updated to add the Giants statement. 

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bills owner Terry Pegula says firing Rex Ryan ‘an executive decision’ ; Ben McAdoo not concerned about Giants wide receivers partying in Miami 01.03.17 at 7:39 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Utah at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Memphis at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Los Angeles at San Jose, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Mississippi at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Carolina at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s at URI, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: East Carolina at UCF, 7:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Kansas State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oklahoma at TCU , 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Texas Tech, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNews)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In a phone interview with the Associated Press on Monday, Bills owner Terry Pegula explained why he fired coach Rex Ryan last week.

“None of us were happy with the season,” Pegula said.

The Bills finished the season on Sunday with a 30-10 loss to the Jets and a 7-9 record for the year.

This interview came just a day after Bills general manager Doug Whaley held a news conference during which he said he didn’t know Ryan’s job was in jeopardy and was not a part of the decision to fire him.

Pegula backed this up on Monday when he said he made “an executive decision” to fire Ryan.

“(Whaley) had input on the basis of conversations throughout the year, what the problems were,” Pegula said. “But did Doug ever say, ‘Are we firing our coach, are we keeping our coach?’ We never had that conversation. I took it upon myself to tell Rex on the basis of conversations about the games and the aftermath of certain games that, hey, things aren’t going well.”

Pegula said he fired Ryan during a call with the coach and Whaley.

He said as the call ended, Ryan asked Pegula about his future with the team after this season. Pegula then told Ryan he would not be returning and the team’s offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn would take over as interim head coach.

“I was asked a point-blank question and based on the discussions we’ve been having all year, I felt it was better to tell Rex that we were going in a different direction,” Pegula said.

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Ravens CB Aaron Ross to miss entire season with torn Achilles 07.24.14 at 1:47 pm ET
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Ravens cornerback Aaron Ross‘€™ season was over before it could ever really start.

The 31-year-old tore his Achilles tendon while taking part in Baltimore’€™s conditioning test Thursday and will miss the entire 2014 season.

Ross, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants, signed a deal with the Ravens last month and was expected to compete for the team’€™s nickel corner spot during camp.

In seven NFL seasons, Ross has recorded 250 total tackles, 11 interceptions and 41 passes defended. He was selected by the Giants in the first round (20th overall) of the 2007 NFL draft out of the University of Texas.

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Giants release RB Ahmad Bradshaw, DT Chris Canty 02.07.13 at 8:31 am ET
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One day after releasing linebacker Michael Boley, the Giants continued their salary-cap purge on Wednesday by parting ways with leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty.

All three players were keys to the Giants’ Super Bowl championship a year ago, but all three have battled injuries while playing under big contracts.

Bradshaw, just 26, led the team in rushing the past three seasons, amassing 1,015 this past season. But he has been slowed by knee and ankle issues and was scheduled to make $4.25 million in 2013. He leaves New York as the franchise’s sixth-leading rusher with 4,232 yards.

Canty, who joined the Giants in 2009 after playing four seasons for the Cowboys, was slated to make $6.5 million next season. He missed seven games in 2012 with a knee issue. Boley, who played all 16 games in 2012 but was slowed by shoulder and hamstring problems, was pegged to make $4 million.

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Giants RB Andre Brown breaks fibula, out for season 11.26.12 at 10:56 am ET
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The Giants‘ impressive 38-10 win over the Packers Sunday night was made less sweet when coach Tom Coughlin announced running back Andre Brown had broken his fibula.

“Takes an awful lot off of the win, to be honest with you,” Coughlin said.

The injury reportedly will be season-ending for Brown.

Brown is not ruling himself out. He tweeted early Monday that his season wasn’€™t necessarily over.

Brown has rushed 73 times for 385 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

The Giants now will rely on Ahmad Bradshaw and rookie David Wilson to step up and fill Brown’€™s role.

“I feel bad for Andre, he’s my little brother,” Bradshaw said. “It’s heartbreaking for me just to see him so down. When I was a rookie I told David, [Derrick] Ward broke his fibula and I had to step in and be a big part of our offense. That’s what I expect from David and I told him to get right and get ready for the following weeks to come.”

Wilson said he is ready to help the Giants, who sit atop the NFC East.

“Dre played a big role in our offense running the ball, I’m definitely going to have to step up when my number is called and be prepared,” Wilson said.

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Report: Giants’ Osi Umenyiora to return to practice Monday without new contract 08.15.11 at 9:08 am ET
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Osi Umenyiora ended his new-contract holdout that started July 30 and returned to practice Monday, the AP reported.

“No deal has been reworked,” Umenyiora told the AP in an e-mail Sunday. “What has been offered has been unacceptable and shows they don’t really respect the fact I sacrifice my health for the franchise. I will play under my current deal because I love and respect my coaches, my teammates, the fans, and myself. Not for those incentives.”

Umenyiora said the Giants put $7.1 million worth of incentives over the next two seasons into is existing contract, but he rejected them.

Umenyiora hasn’t practiced since arriving at the Giants’ training camp a day late. The delay happened because Giants GM Jerry Reese told Umenyiora they were reworking his contract, but Reese did not tell the AP what was discussed.

Umenyiora recorded 11.5 sacks in 2010, tied with Justin Tuck for most on the Giants. He was third on the team among defensive linemen behind Tuck and Barry Cofield with 48 tackles (33 solo).

He led the NFL with 10 forced fumbles.

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Giants’ Lawrence Tynes injures thigh, calls for more protection for kickers 08.14.11 at 12:25 pm ET
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Giants place-kicker Lawrence Tynes called out NFL referees after no flag was thrown when Panthers linebacker Sean Ware fell into Tynes’ leg on a blocked field goal attempt during Saturday’s game, Bart Hubbach and Paul Schwartz of the New York Post wrote Sunday. Tynes suffered a bruised thigh and is now on crutches.

“What happened to the defenseless player [emphasis]?” Tynes said. “I don’t care if you tip the ball, you still shouldn’t be able to hit a kicker when he still has his plant foot on the ground.”

Hubbach and Schwarz also wrote than an MRI is scheduled for Sunday.

“I don’t understand where the hell the rule is, because I was the epitome of a defenseless player,” Tynes said. “I guess we’ll find out soon enough. I’m sure I’m talking out of school, but whatever.”

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Unhappy Giants DL Osi Umenyiora sitting with knee injury, teammate calls it ‘a strategy’ 08.05.11 at 11:43 am ET
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Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora sat out Thursday’s evening practice with a “sore knee,” FOX Sports reported Friday. Umenyiora is in a contract dispute with the Giants and has asked to be traded. Teammate Justin Tuck called Umenyiora’s sitting “a strategy.”

The Giants have confirmed Umenyiora’s knee injury, but they do not agree with Umenyiora that the injury may require surgery.

Umenyiora has had surgery twice in the last three years. He lost the entire 2008 season after surgery repaired torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee. He had surgery this offseason to repair a 2006 torn hip labrum.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Umenyiora recorded 11.5 sacks, 33 solo and 48 total tackles in 2010.

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Giants reportedly grant Osi Umenyiora to seek trade 08.01.11 at 1:23 pm ET
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ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported Monday that the Giants have given the agent for defensive end Osi Umenyiora permission to seek a trade. Umenyiora had been frustrated with his contract for several years, and the Giants granted Umenyiora’s request after a conversation over the weekend.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Umenyiora recorded 11 sacks and forced 10.5 fumbles in 2010.

He has two years and $8 million left on his contract.

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